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Four in court in connection with death of Bristol teenager Becky Watts

Published 05/10/2015

Becky Watts vanished from her family home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on February 19 (Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire)
Becky Watts vanished from her family home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on February 19 (Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire)

Four people have appeared in court in connection with the murder of teenager Becky Watts.

Becky, 16, vanished from her family home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on February 19 and was reported missing the following day.

Police launched a huge search, which led to Becky's body parts being discovered at a house in Barton Hill, Bristol, on March 2.

Becky's stepbrother, Nathan Matthews, 28, was later charged with her murder, alongside his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21.

The couple were also charged with conspiracy to kidnap, perverting the course of justice, preventing Becky's lawful burial and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Matthews, of Hazelbury Drive, Warmley, South Gloucestershire, and Hoare, of Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, deny all the charges against them.

Donovan Demetrius, 29, of Marsh Lane, Redfield, Bristol, and James Ireland, 23, of Richmond Villas, Avonmoth, face trial accused of assisting an offender.

Becky's family, including father Darren Galsworthy and stepmother Anji Galsworthy, sat in the public gallery of court room two at Bristol Crown Court.

Members of the press watched proceedings in the court room, as well as through a video link in a separate annexe.

Trial judge Mr Justice Dingemans will begin the process to select a jury of 12 people on Tuesday.

Matthews, Hoare, and Ireland were remanded in custody while Demetrius was released on conditional bail.

The trial, which is likely to last up to five weeks, was adjourned until tomorrow.

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